From his perch on a balcony high above the floor of a dimly-lit nightclub, Chris Hutchins looks out over a sea of long faces and grins.

He’s happy because he’s found his calling.

Hutchins isn’t surveying a crowd of boozing hipsters, but rather a mass of over 300 recently laid-off workers from the Bay Area’s technology industry. They assembled here Tuesday for LaidOffCamp, a free, day-long conference for the recent victims of the souring economy: the unemployed, the self-employed and the freelancers eager to fill their suddenly uncluttered schedules.

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